Hurricane Matthew, the strongest in the Atlantic in almost a decade just left Cuba behind. Continuing its course towards the Bahamas and into Florida.
Matthew, now category 3, made landfall on the east of Cuba late evening on Tuesday right after hitting Dominican Republic, where four people died, and in Haiti were the reports mention 5 deaths and 14,000 displaced people with severe material damages.
Matthew stroke Cuba as a category 4 hurricane. The eye of the storm entered through Punta Caleta at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, it kept stationary during several hours until it left the island this early morning.
The eye of the storm was about 115 miles (185 km) south of Long Island in the Bahamas on Wednesday morning and it was expected to be very near the east coast of Florida by Thursday evening, the NHC said.
Maximum sustained winds eased to around 115 mph (185 kph) by Wednesday morning but the NHC said it was likely to strengthen again slightly in the coming days.
It was difficult to assess the severity of the impact on Haiti because Matthew knocked out communications in many of the worst-affected areas, including the main bridge that links much of the country to the southwest peninsula.
Hurricane and tropical storm warnings were extended along the east coast of Florida as the storm moved north.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Tuesday declared a state of emergency, and ordered the evacuation of more than 1 million people from Wednesday afternoon.
Tropical storm or hurricane conditions could affect parts of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina later this week, even if the center of Matthew remained offshore, the NHC said.
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